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Standoff ends after man wanted for sexual assault suffers 'self-inflicted injury'

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Posted at 12:16 AM, Apr 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 00:39:42-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A man wanted for sexual assault who police said barricaded himself inside a Lakeside home on Easter Sunday has been transported to an area hospital.

Police said officers were in the area along Kenwood Avenue around 2:30 p.m. executing an active warrant for the man.

"After there was no answer on the initial response, officers left," Lt. M. C. Pecka with Henrico Police said.

However, police returned around 4 p.m. after receiving a tip that the wanted man was inside the home.

“The individual is wanted on two felony sexual assault charges,” Pecka said. “It’s isolated to this residence, the community is safe. There is a heavy police presence and that will be dispersed as soon as we take this person into custody.”

Officials said Kenwood Avenue between Cottage Street and Cedar Croft Street was closed to traffic while police communicated with the man.

Police also told neighbors to stay inside their homes.

"During the investigation, the male suffered a self-inflicted injury," Pecka said. "He has been transported to the hospital to receive treatment for the injuries he sustained."

While detectives will remain on the scene for their investigation, police said the heavy presence will be dispersed.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.